Steinberg UR28M USB Audio Interface
The Steinberg UR28M USB Audio Interface is a 6-in/8-out USB 2.0 audio interface with 2x D-PREs and 3x3 monitoring matrix. Boasting high-resolution audio through its analog and digital I/O alongside the widely acclaimed D-Pre mic preamps makes the UR28M desktop interface the best choice for individual musicians and producers of small-scale projects.
The Steinberg UR28M USB Audio Interface comes equipped with 3x3 monitor matrix for switching between setups, the DSP-powered monitoring and native VST 3 plug-ins to provide an eminently flexible recording experience.
Pure Sound for Your Recordings
Designed for easy access to controls and connectors, the Steinberg UR28M’s console comes with a single prominent output volume knob for individually controlling the levels of one of three stereo output pairs or the levels of six outputs simultaneously. You can also select between three monitoring mixes set up in the dspMixFx mixer or Cubase which is routed to the selected outputs. Several smaller rotary knobs to control signal levels of inputs 1 and 2 and the levels of the two headphone outputs, while further dedicated switches for inputs 1 and 2 allow you to employ 48 volt phantom power, 26 dB signal attenuation and connecting high-impedance instruments. Other controls include the Dim button for attenuating all line output signals by 20 dB, the Mono button and the Mute button for muting the selected output signal.
The rear panel provides two TRS line inputs and two Neutrik combo TRS/XLR mic/line inputs alongside six analog balanced TRS outputs plus a coaxial S/PDIF input and output connector. Also included is a 1/8 inch stereo input jack for connecting to a portable audio player or other devices as a reference source.
Best Setups for Your Gear
The Steinberg UR28M represents a top-notch recording system with plenty of inputs and outputs to connect to microphones, instruments, studio monitors and headphones. There’s a USB connector to hook up to either your Mac or PC that lets you record and mix your productions with the included Cubase AI workstation or other audio software. And with the free update to version 2, the Steinberg UR28M also works with the iPad (2 or later) through Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit allowing you to record up to four input channels in an iOS audio application, such as Steinberg’s Cubasis.
Excellent Sound, Swift Workflow
The Steinberg UR28M is a recording and production solution for project studios prioritizing excellent sound and a swift workflow. Connections required for studios such as S/PDIF and routable TRS I/Os are at hand. Also on board are EQ and compression tools in the form of the Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strips on each channel, not to forget the REV-X plug-in that provides quality reverb for modifying the intricacy of a sonic space and the Guitar Amp Classics effects for studio-grade guitar tracks. The Steinberg UR28M allows for up to 5.1 surround with its six line outputs.
Keep on Rockin'
The Steinberg UR28M interface is ideal for rehearsal rooms. Thanks to its practical size you can place it anywhere and even take it home with you. With analog and digital inputs over six channels plus acclaimed D-PRE mic preamps, the Steinberg UR28M provides everything you need to record your band in pristine audio quality. Record instruments and vocals in the rehearsal room and mix them later on at home or in the studio in Cubase AI or your preferred DAW.
iOS Connectivity and Free dspMixFx App
With the latest firmware updates, the Steinberg UR28M introduces iPad connectivity and the free dspMixFx app alongside some other new features. Together with the UR824, the dspMixFx app allows you to utilize the benefits of Yamaha’s custom-designed SSP2 DSP chip directly on your iPad. The dspMixFx app provides latency-free monitoring while running the highly acclaimed REV-X reverb, the Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip and Guitar Amp Classics with other iOS audio apps. With the latest update of dspMixFx you can also connect to Apple’s iPhone.
With Steinberg’s line of USB 2.0 connectivity interfaces, you’ve got it all covered: the UR range comprises a 19” rack-mounted studio solution, a desktop production interface, an ultra-compact mobile unit and an advanced portable production studio — all engineered and crafted to meet the most exacting standards.
Producers / Engineers
Outstanding recording quality with 24/192 support and the ability to scale up the number of inputs to cover complex recording situations including large ensembles and bands: the UR824 offers choice components of the finest quality, such as the acclaimed D-PRE mic preamp. DSP-powered monitoring with FX and the included dspMixFx application provide no-latency mixes for performers with reverb, compression and EQ; Cubase owners profit from complete integration, speeding up typical studio workflows considerably. Ultra-low JetPLL jitter sync and word clock round out a feature set conceived expressly for the demands of producers and engineers.
The UR series combines a range of features essential to composers and songwriters. If you compose using a MIDI keyboard, synthesizer or guitar, there’s a UR interface with the right set of capabilities for you. All models share the first-class D-PRE mic preamp and Neutrik connectors, assuring crystal quality when recording vocal takes, keyboard instruments and guitars. For songwriters on the move, the bus-powered compact UR22mkII offers a fully mobile audio interface with first-class components and two analog combo inputs, while the ultra-streamlined Steinberg UR12 offers one D-PRE with the same robust build quality. The UR242 and UR44 each present different I/O options while adding a powerful set of DSP FX features for zero-latency monitoring with FX.
Recording in your rehearsal space, running backing tracks alongside the band during gigs, preproduction for your next album: the UR824, UR44 and UR242 all offer a very attractive feature set for bands and live musicians at various price points. The 19" rack interface UR824 offers eight analog inputs and outputs, while the portability and added MIDI capability of the UR44 and UR242 make either an ideal choice for live gigs. All three interfaces share the hallmarks of the UR series: D-PRE mic preamps, independent headphone outputs, DSP-powered zero-latency monitoring with FX and outstanding sound and component quality.
For Film Composers
The UR series meets the exacting demands of film composers. A 19" rack unit, the UR824, incorporates eight D-PRE mic preamps and 24/192 support, eight outputs with support for up to 7.1 surround via ASIO, ADAT I/O, word clock sync and much more. The desktop UR28M offers easy switching between three monitor pairs or 5.1 surround output via ASIO as well as digital S/PDIF connectors. For more compact setups, the UR44 offers the same choice components within a portable interface, featuring four inputs and six outputs and MIDI connectivity for controllers and sound generators.
With Hi-Z input(s), headphone outputs and latency-free monitoring, the entire UR series offers a feature set tailored to guitarists and bassists. The ultra-compact Steinberg UR12 and streamlined UR22mkII units are ideal for recording on the road, while the flexible UR242 and expanded UR44 interfaces offer added I/O capability and DSP-based, latency-free monitoring with guitar amp simulations, reverbs and compressors. The Steinberg UR12, UR22mkII, UR242 and UR44 all feature the acclaimed D-PRE mic preamp, perfect for recording cabs and acoustic guitars with dynamic or condenser mics.
The Steinberg UR12, UR22mkII, UR242 and UR44 interfaces offer a mobile recording platform with all the advantages of the UR series. The D-PRE mic preamp means sumptuously detailed and dynamic sound when recording vocals and acoustic instruments. Neutrik inputs and +48 V phantom power allow connection of both dynamic and high-quality condenser mics. All units also offer zero-latency recording, while the UR242 and UR44 add DSP-powered monitoring with FX, including the REV-X reverb and the Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip that allows vocalists to quickly dial in the perfect headphone mix while recording.
For Beat Producers
Producers working in beat-based music genres will find the perfect production platform in the UR series. The UR22mkII, UR242 and UR44 mobile units all offer independent headphone outputs and combo connectors featuring the acclaimed D-PRE preamp, with all also offering MIDI ports for connecting keyboards and drum pad controllers. Choose between the ultra-streamlined Steinberg UR12, the compact UR22mkII, the flexible UR242 and the expanded I/O options on the UR44. All four units offer 24/192 recording and playback and include Cubase AI, a compact and upgradable version of Steinberg’s legendary music production system. All UR interfaces offer iOS connectivity for a truly mobile music experience as well as providing access to the wide range of beat production apps available for the iPad and iPhone.
Sharing the same heritage as the highly acclaimed MR816 interfaces, the URs house outstanding converters and D-PRE Class-A discrete mic preamps. Each interface is completely adapted to your needs while sharing the hallmarks of the UR range: great build quality, stunning sound and flexible, fully integrated capabilities. Ultra-stable drivers for Mac OS X and Windows mean that the entire UR range supports all major recording software applications.
D-PRE Microphone Preamps
All UR audio interfaces offer D-PRE Class-A discrete mic preamps from Yamaha. The D-PRE is carefully designed to capture all the subtleties and expressiveness of any audio source and is the culmination of years of development by the experienced engineers at the Yamaha Corporation.
The preamp is where sound creation begins in recording, and ultimately determines the quality of your mix. D-PRE Mic Preamps sound stunning, and the difference is in the design. Usually, preamps use one transistor each for the hot and cold signals at the input stage to amplify the signal. However, the D-PREs specified on Steinberg audio interfaces use an inverted Darlington circuit, where two transistors are used for each hot and cold — a total of four per unit. With only one transistor on a preamp circuit, distortion tends to increase along with the signal level. By using a pair of two cascaded transistors, very low distortion can be maintained regardless of signal level.
Some users might look for a microphone preamp to dramatically color the sound while others search for a very neutral response. For example, some highly sought after vintage microphone preamps excel at amplifying certain components of a given source, imparting a generous amount of color to the signal. Such a preamp might be great for a vocal recording, however those preamps will not suit every use.
D-PRE has a very wide frequency range so that it can handle any music source and it does not overly amplify any specific components of the signal. It’s beautifully tuned to be able to capture the true expression of a given performance or audio source, while leaving flexibility for later editing. The end result is that D-PRE provides a sound that is a perfect amalgamation of understated signal enhancement combined with impeccable sonic integrity. The development team took a lot of time to adjust this subtle balance and the D-PRE sound quality speaks for itself.
All Power to DSP
Powered by Yamaha’s custom-designed SSP2 DSP chip, you can enjoy the benefits of dspMixFx technology, which offers latency-free monitoring together with the highly acclaimed REV-X reverb, the Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip and Guitar Amp Classics* for users of any DAW software. The Steinberg UR824, UR28M, UR44 and UR242 highlight three DSP-based effects — Guitar Amp Classics, Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip and REV-X. Plus, the Basic FX Suite provides VST 3 versions of these studio-grade effects.
Guitar Amp Classics
Guitar Amp Classics make extensive use of advanced Yamaha modeling technology. Four amp types with completely different sonic characteristics are provided, CLEAN, CRUNCH, DRIVE and LEAD. Best of all, you get a DSP-powered version and a VST 3 version of Guitar Amp Classics. So you can record the dry signal with your favorite amp sound without any latency using the DSP version. Once you're done, you can re-amp the recorded track with the VST 3 version.
Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip
The Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip consists of a sidechain-enabled compressor and a three-band parametric equalizer. Both EQ and compressor were developed to attain a highly musical sound. Its featured morph knob smoothly allows you to morph through both EQ and compression settings in combination in order for you to come up with the ideal sound very quickly just by using one single control element.
The REV-X built into the UR824, UR28M, UR44 and UR242 is a complex reverb algorithm developed by Yamaha. Renowned for its high density, richly reverberant sound quality, with smooth attenuation, spread and depth that work together to enhance the original sound, the REV-X features three types of reverb effects: Hall, Room and Plate simulations with reverb time and level control.
True Integrated Monitoring
When using Cubase, all the advanced monitoring capabilities are fully integrated into the application's GUI by True Integrated Monitoring technology. All aspects of I/O handling and DSP management are handled directly from within Cubase. Cubase automatically embeds your device into the Cubase production environment and manages all audio streams with perfect sync, allowing for a highly efficient workflow that boosts productivity to new levels. Plus, the URs feature direct integration into Cubase with dedicated windows and views that only appear when they are connected, providing full control of the hardware’s functionality from within Cubase itself.
For easy live streaming of performances to the internet, the Loopback function consolidates all playback tracks and input channels and routes the mix to your internet streaming software. This function is often used by hosts of internet live streaming programs. When the function is active, incoming audio signals such as microphone, guitar or line source will be merged to the playback signal from an audio playback software like Cubase or other DAWs inside the computer. The merged signal will then be send back to the computer for streaming.
All components are carefully selected and implemented for full resolution of high-end audio of up to 24-bit/192 kHz. A higher sampling frequency means more samples of the audio source, resulting in better reproduction of the original sound, contributing to the naturalness of audio image and ambience.
All UR interfaces can be switched to CC (Class Compliant) mode*. In this mode the interfaces work with the iPad and iPhone. Combining the UR units with an iOS audio application, such as Steinberg’s Cubasis for iPad, you get a fully mobile audio recording solution.
For signal synchronization, the UR824 interface also features JetPLL, a patent-applied solution for audio network jitter. JetPLL provides the same performance as traditional, expensive clocking solutions found in the world’s best professional clocking products.
Steinberg UR28M USB Audio Interface Features
- 24-Bit/96 kHz 6x8 USB 2.0 Audio Interface - With a maximum sampling rate of 96 kHz and a resolution of 24 bits, the UR28M delivers pristine quality in any recording and mixing situation.
- Two Class A D-PRE Mic Preamps - Yamaha's highly-acclaimed D-PRE preamps deliver a truly transparent and beautifully detailed sound that is unrivaled in this class.
- dspMixFX - Latency-free DSP-powered monitoring with REV-X reverb, Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip and Guitar Amp Classics.
- S/PDIF Digital I/O - S/PDIF coaxial digital input and output for connection of external pro-audio equipment.
- Monitor Control - Digitally controlled monitor level control with DIM, Mono and Mute fed by 3x3 monitoring matrix.
- Compatible with Major Recording Software - The Steinberg UR28M is compatible with all major audio editing, mastering, and music production software supporting ASIO, Core Audio, or WDM standard.
- iOS Connectivity - The CC mode provides connectivity with the iPad and iPhone through Apple's iPad Camera Connection Kit or Lightning to USB Camera Adapter.
- Cubase AI Included - Based on the same core technologies as the popular Cubase DAW, Cubase AI offers an intuitive feature set for composing, recording, editing and mixing.
- Cubasis LE Included - Cubasis LE is a streamlined version of Steinberg’s popular iOS music production app, offering professional music production on your iPad.
- Basic FX Suite - Basic FX Suite VST 3 plug-in bundle, consisting of three software components: Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip, REV-X and Guitar Amp Classics.
Steinberg UR28M USB Audio Interface Specifications
- System Requirements:
- Mac OS X: 10.7/10.8/10.9/10.10/10.11/10.12/10.13
- Mac OS X: 10.5.8/10.6/10.7/10.8 (Firmware 1.0-1.5)
- CPU: Intel Dual Core
- Windows: 7 SP1/8/8.1/10
- Windows: XP/Vista/7/8 (Firmware 1.0-1.5)
- CPU: Intel or AMD Dual Core
- RAM: 2 GB
- Free HD Space: 4 GB
- Display Resolution: 1280 x 800 Recommended
- Drive: DVD-ROM Dual-Layer Drive
- USB Port: USB 2.0/3.0 port (Tested with Intel USB 3.0 Host Controller)
- CC Mode: Requires iOS 9 (or Higher) on iOS Device, Requires iOS 6 (or Higher) on iPad 2 (or Higher)
- Internet Connection: Required for Installation, Activation, Account Setup and Personal / Product Registration
Steinberg UR28M USB Audio Interface Includes
- Steinberg UR28M USB Audio Interface
- Tools for UR28M
- Operation Manual
Steinberg UR28M USB Audio Interface Downloads
- Steinberg UR28M USB Audio Interface Operation Manual (PDF)
- Mac OS X Tools for UR28M (ZIP)
- Windows OS Tools for UR28M (ZIP)
- Steinberg UR28M Firmware V2.1.1 for Mac OS X (ZIP)
- Steinberg UR28M Firmware V2.1.1 for Windows OS (ZIP)
- Firmware Release Notes (PDF)
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